Close but no cigar for Hinuera
Traditional rivals do battle
McPherson Contractors Hinuera 11 Putaruru 14
Played away at Nola Block, Hinuera knew they would be in for a rough old go against traditional rivals Putaruru.
Like Hinuera, the locals have had their ups and downs and are sitting 16 points behind the gold and blacks.
They have notched three wins only. Easy beats – not so. After Saturday make that four.
Hinuera were by no means complacent and had prepared accordingly.
The opening kick off featured plenty of enthusiasm from the visitors, Jared McNaughton goaling a penalty from 30 metres in the second minute.
Hinuera maintained the momentum with left winger Levi Henare featuring with some good bursts.
A turnover to Putaruru resulted in a try with Hinuera’s cover defense nonexistent, 5- 3 Putaruru in the 10th minute. Hinuera could not buy a trick. Fancy moves with passes going forward and scrums penalised for boring inward meant the hosts kept up the pressure.
Putaruru extended their lead with a penalty, 8-3 in the 13th minute.
Hinuera camped in Putaruru’s quarter, having numerous opportunities to score.
Ricky Edwards went close from a lineout drive, Zane Herrick was held up while Travis Eggink was penalised for a double movement.
McNaughton reduced the deficit with his second penalty, 8-6 Putaruru in the 30th minute, the latter widening the gap again to 11-6 with a penalty. This was the halftime score.
Gerome Bardoul read the riot act at halftime with language this writer’s Irish grandmother would have covered his ears from. The advice certainly worked.
Todd Allen came into his own with hard straight running.
Henare was denied progress from a fortunate ankle tap when it appeared he was likely to race downfield.
Hinuera did score from a grubber kick by McNaughton sitting up perfectly for Bradley Leuthard to pounce on.
Scores were locked up 11-all with 27 minutes remaining. Both sides had chances with penalties, which were unsuccessful until four minutes from time when Putaruru’s Brad Karl raised the flags.
The teams acknowledged the passing away of Jerry Collins with a minute’s silence before play began.
Bs won 35-5, as did the Colts 20-12 v Hautapu.
Next week Marist.